10 Shocking Ways the Second World War Could Have Ended Differently

Decisions during wartime are monumental things. Each move and countermove has the potential to change the course of history. Here are ten shocking ways the Second World War could have unfolded differently than it did. » 4/04/14 10:26am 4/04/14 10:26am

That time the US Air Force tried to put a copper ring around the Earth

Joe Hanson of Wired has penned a fascinating article chronicling Project West Ford, a bizarre Cold War plan to put a ring of copper around the Earth — a "perfect, if odd, example of the Cold War paranoia and military mentality at work in America’s early space program." » 8/14/13 12:20pm 8/14/13 12:20pm

Must Watch: Dawkins, Nye, Tyson, and Stephenson Discuss Science and…

"Without hyperbole, it is true that i don't think there has ever been on one stage an assembly of science storytellers and communicators like this," said theoretical physicist Lawrence Krauss of the panelists assembled for the debate featured here. We're inclined to agree with him. » 4/15/13 12:20pm 4/15/13 12:20pm

Welcome to the Smithsonian​’s Atomic Weapons Museum

The Atomic Age is a difficult period to memorialize. Research from the time period yielded a clean form of energy, but also killed hundreds of thousands of individuals in World War II and plunged the planet into a Cold War. The National Atomic Testing Museum in Las Vegas, Nevada aims to collect artifacts and interpret… » 5/17/12 8:20am 5/17/12 8:20am

Must Watch: Bill Nye, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Pamela Gay, and Lawrence…

I'll come right out and say it: you need to watch this video. It's quite a bit longer than a lot of what we feature here on io9, but the weekend is almost here, and you owe it to yourself to set aside 53 minutes to watch a veritable scientific dream team talk about humanity's future in space. » 10/21/11 12:08pm 10/21/11 12:08pm